Nick Ball knows there are some situations you simply shouldn’t laugh at – and he has built a career exploiting that. Following in the footsteps of many directors before him, Nick is a film school dropout who, driven by his passion for character development and crafting of cinematic worlds, has consistently proven himself to be a performance director who loves to push ideas and concepts as far as possible. He keeps big brands interesting with a distinctive cinematic style that keeps viewers guessing and on their toes.
Nick strives to find precisely the right tone and unique (if often irreverent) worldview that best serves every idea in front of him. A keen observer and serial eavesdropper, Nick uses his insight into the human condition to represent characters with empathy, awareness and humor, which he skillfully combines with the carefully considered worlds he builds around them. His often-surprising work is grounded in sharp storytelling, whether it’s an epic, cinematic ode to a guy binge-watching Game of Thrones, a smaller, self-effacing character piece about someone who has let themselves go, or an all-singing, all-dancing choreographed number.
Nick’s work has achieved recognition from all major award shows, including Cannes, D&AD, One Show, CLIOS, LIA, AWARD, Adfest, Ciclope, AICP and AXIS. In 2016, he took home an armful of Cannes Lions for his GEICO campaign, including the coveted Gold Lion in Film.
This last year Nick saw continued success as he earned over a dozen prizes from top festivals for his anti-drink driving campaign on behalf of the New Zealand Transport Agency. 2019 also brought his second Super Bowl campaign, this time for Head & Shoulders, following an award-winning film for the Big Game in 2018 with Sprint.